IRWIN Racing has announced that Phil Keed and Steve Henderson will lead the #18 Garage as Technical Director and Team Manager in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Phil Keed is returning from a year-long hiatus from the sport to join Winterbottom’s 2019 Campaign as Technical Director.
The long-time engineer to Fabian Coulthard previously worked at Ford Performance Racing and Brad Jones Racing before following Coulthard to DJR Team Penske and eventually parting with the squad at the beginning of 2018.
Keed will oversee and assist long-time Team 18 Engineer Stuart McDonald and Data Engineer Nathan Pekolj.
“I am so excited to work with Charlie and the team, I met everybody at the end of 2018 and was really impressed with the calibre of people that Charlie has built up over the last few years. I’ve worked with Frosty before and know what a fantastic driver he is. He’s a perfect fit for this team and the new challenge will bring out the best in him for sure. The alliance with Triple Eight is another really exciting aspect. We’ve got a lot of work to do but the potential is high. It’s hard not to be excited for this year to start.”
Steve Henderson has also joined IRWIN Racing as Team Manager, returning to the Supercars Championship full-time.
The qualified Mechanical Engineer has been working from the team’s Mount Waverley Garage since December last year, overseeing the crew and preparing for 2019.
Henderson worked in the V8 Supercars from 2000 – 2008, engineering for Steven Richards and Greg Murphy but for the last 10 years, owned and ran an automotive business.
Henderson moved back into racing part-time 2016 engineering in Australian GT’s and in the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2018.
“I’m really looking forward to the 2019 season, Charlie has assembled a fantastic team with the best equipment. We’re in a unique situation where the whole team has a sole focus on one car.”
IRWIN Racing will now prepare for the Superloop Adelaide 500 for Round 1 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, to be held on 28 February – 3 March with all races to be televised LIVE on Fox Sports.